Movie of the Year: 1985 State of the Franchise The Taste Buds discuss 1985’s franchises! 1985 had its fair share of franchises, not all of them great: looking at you, Rambo.¬†Others had been the peak of cinema and yet had fallen to new lows: that’s you,¬†Police Academy. But no matter how good or bad the…

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Movie of the Year: 1997 State of the Franchise Franchises, where would this country be without them? I tremble at a hypothetical so awesome in its utter enormity. I cannot gaze with my mind’s eye long upon the imagined hellscape that is an America Cinema devoid of prequels, sequels, and even squeak -quels. No, do…

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Movie of the Year 1988: Genreblast The Taste Budz–and two of their favorites from the Unnatural 20s podcast–have genre fever and the only prescription is more genre. That can’t be right. Why would genres cure genre fever? If anything they probably cause it, right? I bet the real prescription would be something like antibiotics. I…

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